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Burns desperate to end on a high

21st April 2014 15:43

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Freddie Burns Gloucester

Frustrated: Freddie Burns

After a challenging season, Gloucester and England fly-half Freddie Burns wants to end his career at Kingsholm on a high.

The pivot will depart the Cherry and Whites, for whom he has scored almost 1000 points at the end of the season for Leicester Tigers, and looks to regain his starting spot before his time in the West Country is over.

Burns started against Wasps at Twickenham on Saturday, after a season marred by poor form saw him replaced in the lineup by Billy Twelvetrees - whose preferred position is in the centres.

"It was a lot better for me. I felt I was in a good place before the game and wanted to start, after Martyn (Thomas) pulled out I was keen to get out there and play the style I wanted," Burns told the Gloucester Citizen.

"There were still a few mistakes but I haven't played much in the last couple of months and hopefully I can keep building on that and finish with two big performances.

"It helped being at Twickenham with a bit of a neutral crowd, it was nice not to get too much stick but the travelling support were great and it was a good atmosphere.

"There's plenty I want to put right, hopefully I've done enough to hold onto the jersey but it's out of my hands."

Gloucester went down 38-30 to a fired-up Wasps side at Twickenham, with Burns turning in a much-improved display. But errors, turnovers and inconsistency blighted Nigel Davies' men once again.

"The hard thing is there are so many positives in there and for a few negatives to stop us winning the game is disappointing," added Burns.

"Those negatives keep coming back to bite us in the backside.

"I will put my hand up for their third try, off the lineout, I misread the play, their 12 went straight through and they picked us off to score.

"We did so much hard work to get back into the game for silly errors to let them keep us at arms length and time ran out.

"That was very much the Gloucester season in one game but we've got to stay positive and move onto the next game to finish the season on a high."

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